Democrats Take Break from Attacking First Amendment. Set Sights on Second Amendment
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he wants state lawmakers to approve a statewide handgun registry.
The request is sure to run into staunch opposition in Springfield, where gun control issues are often as much about geography as partisanship.
The mayor said requiring handgun owners to register particular weapons would reduce the flow of illegal guns into Chicago from around the state by making it easier for police to figure out where they came from.
The registry proposal, which Emanuel said lawmakers will introduce in Springfield in coming weeks, would require anyone who buys a handgun to pay a $65 registration fee. To register a gun, a purchaser would need to provide his name and address, along with the weapon’s serial number and the place and date of purchase. The registry would be in addition to the firearm ownership standards all gun owners must already meet.